Port Blair

Travel Guide

Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, housing the only commercial airport here, it is well connected by both sea & air and is known as the gateway to the islands.

It resembles the tale of any other city in India. Hotels, restaurants, resorts, and shops adorn its streets. Apart from that, it also has a lot of history associated with it, but not just any, it’s the history of our fight for freedom.​

Named Kaalapani it was largely used by the British for deporting political prisoners from India. And now it happens to be the most prominent tourist destination in the Islands, and the hub of all tourist activities happening around the Isles.

Due to the number of visitors traveling via Port Blair, the island has the best choices in hotels and staycations offering rooms for every budget.

Water Sports choices on the island are abundant and range from everything from Scuba Diving and Parasailing to simpler ones like Snorkeling and Jet Skis.

Port Blair Map

Being the hub, Port Blair connects to all the other islands in Andaman which are open to tourists via road and ferries. North Andaman, consisting of Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder, and Diglipur is connected directly via road, although some routes are faster traveled via ferry. Other tourist destinations in the islands like Havelock Island and Neil are connected via ferries mostly operating from the Phoenix Bay Jetty, while the Aberdeen Jetty connects Port Blair to nearby islands like North Bay Island, Ross Island and Viper Island.

Port Blair itself has a wide variety of tourist attractions that fits every kind of traveler, whether you are looking for a relaxed beach-side kind of vibe, a historical getaway, or searching for a bit of fun and adventure on the sea. Thus providing a fulfilling holiday to anyone, be it, family, honeymooners, couples, or adventure lovers.

FACTS‌ ABOUT‌ PORT‌ BLAIR:

  • Port Blair has the only commercial airport in the islands, which also doubles as a defense airport, hence photography is strictly prohibited.
  • Port Blair is a well-connected island. It is connected to most of the North Andaman via road.
  • The only beach where swimming is allowed in Port Blair is the Corbyn's Cove Beach.
  • You can easily reach Diglipur, Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder, and HutBay via road.
  • The island is also connected by ferry to all other tourist destinations in Andaman.
  • The Internet is slow here, like the rest of the islands, but there are a lot of internet cafes and wi-fi spots where you can find decent connectivity.
  • Port Blair has 3 beaches in total, which are: Carbyn’s Cove Beach, Wandoor Beach, and Mundapahar Beach- near Chidiyatapu.

Port Blair Tourist Attractions:

Cellular Jail:

Cellular Jail in Port Blair
Cellular Jail

Famous for:

  • Freedom Fighter Memorial
  • Light and Sound Show

Things to do:

  • Discover the History
  • Light & Sound Show
  • Visit the Gallery
  • Pay Tribute to the Freedom Fighters

Cellular Jail is a national memorial of great historical significance for India and is thronged by tourists and historians alike.

It was completed in the year 1906 and was constructed to serve as a secluded colonial prison from where escape would be nearly impossible.

​It's famous for its stronghold type architecture, original photo gallery, light & sound show, and a museum that displays aspects linked to former inmates of Cellular Jail and about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands before the freedom of India.

​The light and sound show is displayed after sunset and is conducted in both English and Hindi where you can sit near the peepal tree and learn more about the hardships and struggles our brave fighters went through for our freedom.

How to Reach:

Cellular Jail is located 3.8 KMs from Port Blair Airport and can be easily be reached by taking any bus going through the GB‌ Pant Hospital route. There are a lot of private and govt buses going through the route and the tickets are usually no more than Rs.10. The Jail is located almost 100 meters from the bus-stand, which is easily walkable. You can also hire a cab or auto-rickshaw to jail for a more comfortable travel experience. We do recommend opting for this to avoid extra hassles.

Things you need to know:
  • Tickets are required to enter the Cellular Jail, which can be taken from the booth nearby.
  • The usual cost is Rs.30 for adults and no-fee for children below 5 years.
  • Cellular Jail opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 8:30 PM.
  • Timings for light & sound show: 5:15 PM, 6:20 PM, 7:25 PM and 8:30 PM.
  • Light and sound show tickets cost Rs.150.
  • Photography is only allowed for people with permits, which costs around Rs.25.
  • For Video Cameras inside the jail, the permit costs around Rs.100.

Corbyn's Cove Beach

Corbyns Cove Beach, Port Blair

Famous for:

  • Clean Beach
  • Adventure Sports

Things to do:

  • Go for a Swim
  • Take a Walk on the Shore
  • Indulge in Water Sports

One of the cleanest beaches in the Andaman, Corbyn’s Cove Beach is a resounding place to relax and feel at ease and it will be the first beach that you’ll visit in the Isles.

Standing on the beach and looking at the crystal clear waters is a spectacular experience, and the water here is also perfect to go for a swim.

Corbyn’s Cove beach is also growing as a great place for various activities including speed boat rides, Jet Skis, and Scuba diving under the all-natural and alive corals near Snake Island.

‍Available water sports activities at the beach:

  • Jet Skis
  • Scuba Diving
  • Speed Boat Ride
  • Parasailing

During your Corbyn's cove Visit, take first call on the left side seat of the vehicle, because the view of the open sea is beautiful.

How to Reach:

Corbyn's Cove is located around 8.1 KMs from the Veer Savarkar Airport and takes it around 20 minutes to reach there via cab. Cabs charge around INR 600 for A/C and 500 for Non-A/C and can be easily pre-booked.

There are no direct buses or other public transportation to the beach, so either you’ll have to walk for 21 minutes and cover 2.3 KMs from the Carbyn Chowk to reach there or hire an auto-rickshaw or cab. Please note that walking is not recommended after 5 PM‌ due to the lack of street lights in the route. Auto-rickshaws are widely available in Port Blair, but you’ll have to prebook the cabs. The cheapest way to get here is to take a bus to the Carbyn Chowk and take an auto-rickshaw from there. We highly recommend booking a cab directly from your hotel to the beach and return, to avoid any additional hassles.

Things you need to know:
  • The beach opens at 8 AM and closes at 6 PM for tourists.
  • There is no entry fee of any kind to explore the beach.
  • There is a small shop available where snacks and refreshments are available.
  • It is advised not to use the floating jetty at the beach without permission.
  • A restaurant with a bar is available on the beach at the Peerless Hotel.
  • The sitting benches at the beach are paid and cost Rs.10/Hour.
  • You can easily find auto-rickshaws near the beach till 8 P.M, but its recommended to leave early.
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Wandoor Beach:

Wandoor Beach Port Blair
Wandoor Beach

Famous for:

  • Calm Waters
  • Serene Nature
  • Long Stretched Beach

Things to do:

  • Enjoy a Calm Walk
  • Snacks and Coconuts

Wandoor Beach is located about 22.2 KMs from the Airport and possesses beautifully blue and pristine clear beaches.

The mystical and calm beaches of Wandoor are a break from the urban and commercialized areas of the Andaman Islands.

Long stretches of beach along the blue watered shoreline offer astounding scenery to go for a long walk, slow down and just immerse yourself in the experience.

Wandoor beach is the place where most people get dressed in their swimwear and enjoy long hours of playing and swimming in the water. Once you are out of the water, you can enjoy some beachside snacks of your choice in the long groups of more than 15 shops located near the beach.

IMPORTANT‌ NOTE: As per the forest department orders, swimming is prohibited in the Wandoor Beach from Sep 2019.

How to Reach:

Wandoor beach is located around 22.2 KMs from the Airport and can be easily reached by taking a bus or cab going through the Great Andaman Trunk Road. Buses are available every hour from the Bus Terminus at Aberdeen Bazaar that goes all the way to the beach. The usual bus tickets cost around Rs.25, while an A/C cab charges Rs.1500 for the same.

Buses are only available till 6:00 PM so it's better to leave early as auto-rickshaws are less near the beach.

Cabs take around 30 minutes to reach the beach and charge around INR 1500 for A/C and INR‌ 1200 for non-A/C.

Things you need to know:
  • The beach opens at 4 AM and closes at 5 PM.
  • Tourists generally spend 1-2 hours here.
  • There is no entry fee for this beach.
  • Swimming and playing in the water are strictly prohibited here.
  • There are no water sports vendors here.
  • There are a lot of shops near the beach that offer everything from snacks and refreshments to handicrafts and clothes.
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Chidiya Tapu & Mundapahar Beach:

Chidiyatapu in Port Blair

Famous for:

  • Sunset View
  • Mundapahar Beach
  • Wildlife Zoo

Things to do:

  • Watch the Sunset
  • Sit in the Beachside Huts with Snacks

Located 20 kms from Port Blair Chidiya Tapu is another offbeat attraction on the island which is a center for a relaxed evening under the sunset.

'Chidiya' is a Hindi word which means 'birds.' As the name suggests, the place is famous for the variety of bird species found here.

There is a beach nearby called the Mundapahar Beach, which is well maintained by the forest authority, where you can enjoy sitting near the beach on natural wooden benches or enjoy some snacks with the family inside the beachside Open Huts.

Above other things, the place is most famous for its breathtaking view of the sunset and therefore is usually visited at the end of the day.

IMPORTANT‌ NOTE: As per the forest department orders, swimming is prohibited in the Mundapahad Beach from Sep 2019.

How to Reach:

Chidiya Tapu is located 22.5 kms from Port Blair Airport and it takes around 1.2 hours to reach via bus and 45 minutes via cab. People who’d like to travel via bus can easily find Govt. and private buses at the Bus Terminus in the Aberdeen Bazar. The usual ticket price is Rs.25. You can also book a direct  A/C cab from the city to reach here, which costs around INR 1500 & INR‌ 1200 for Non-A/C, while auto-rickshaws charge around INR 1,000. There's a bus every 1 hour that goes all the way to Chidiya Tapu. Please note that the buses are scarce after 6 PM, so make sure to leave the beach before that.

People who’d like to the Mundapahad beach have to walk 1.5 KMs to reach there, which can be easily covered in 30 minutes. Cabs and private vehicles are allowed inside and can cover this distance easily to reach the beach directly in 5 minutes.

We recommend direct cabs to Chidiya Tapu and return because the buses follow no strict timings and finding an auto-rickshaw from the beach is much harder.

Things you need to know:
  • The beach opens at 6 A.M and close at 6:30 P.M
  • There is no entry fee to explore the beach.
  • No water sports are allowed on the beach.
  • Swimming and going into the water is strictly prohibited.
  • There are small shops near Chidiya Tapu which offer snacks and water, but there are no shops near the beach, so make sure to take water with you when going to Mundapahad.
  • Parking is free near Mundapahad Beach.
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Mount Harriet‌:

Mount Harriet in Port Blair

Famous for:

  • View of North Bay & Ross
  • The location where Rs.20 note photo was taken
  • Tranquil surroundings

Things to do:

  • Explore the area
  • Trek

Part of the 9 National Parks in the Andaman Islands, Mount Harriet is located 15 kilometers from Port Blair and is the highest point in the South Andaman Islands, standing tall at 1,200 feet. The park is located atop the mountain, offering a great place to relax and unwind among the greenery of tall trees and gardens accompanied by butterflies and squirrels. Mount Harriet is considered one of the best places for bird watching in the islands, thanks to the endemic birds that frequent here.

The photo behind the Rs.20 note of the Indian currency was taken from a spot here, you can easily find the direction by following the signboards. The spot still offers a fine view of the North Bay and Ross Island and is one of the best places to take a few clicks. Overall a great place to visit, if you like wilderness and greenery.

The park is open every day, from 8 AM to 4 PM. There is an Rs.30 entry fee to visit the park.

How to Reach:

To reach Mount Harriet you’ll have to take an auto-rickshaw or bus to reach the Chatham Jetty and board a ferry to Bambooflat.  It generally takes 15-20 minutes to reach Bambooflat. The ticket counter is located on the right and left side of the jetty which costs around Rs.10/Adult and Rs.35 for two-wheelers. These boats run from 5:00 AM to 9:45 PM‌ and are available every 30 minutes.

Once you reach Bambooflat, you’ll have to ride 10 KMs to reach the check-post near the entry gate of Mount Harriet. The checkpoint collects details like Name, Number, and ID proof and provides a permit to enter the area. Post this you can continue via the same road for 2 KMs to reach Mount Harriet.

Things you need to know:
  • Mount Harriet opens at 7 AM and closes at 5 PM.
  • Shops and snack bars are not available inside the reserve so make sure to eat up if you are feeling hungry, before traveling.
  • It is advised to take a water bottle with you as there is no facility for water inside.
  • You cannot enter the reserve on foot and will have to either rent a cab or bring your own vehicle.
  • If planning the trip during the monsoon, make sure to keep a check on the leeches. The reserve is full of them.
  • Public transport is not available here, so make sure to prebook everything.
  • Photography is allowed here and there are no additional camera charges.
  • Valid ID‌ proofs accepted here are Aadhar Card, Drivers License, and Passport among others.
  • The entry fees and other charges are provided in the table below:
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Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex:

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair

Famous for:

  • View of the open sea
  • Evening breeze

Things to do:

  • Explore the area
  • Trek

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports complex is located on the shoreline and was built as a place for walking and relaxation. The complex consists of long pathways directly above the sea connected to Marina Park. Lots of benches are lined across both sides of the pathway where you can sit back and relax the evening breeze while enjoying the spectacular view. The place also doubles as a jetty, where you can board ferries for the Ross Island and North Bay.

Casual water sports like Jet Ski, Sofa Ride, Banana Ride, and Kayaking are available at the complex, for which the tickets are sold on the small booths nearby.

The complex is located conveniently close to the Cellular Jail, so you can easily spend your evening there.

How to Reach:

You can easily reach the Water Sports Complex by taking the stairs down from the Cellular Jail, which is just a 2 min walk away. There are lots of auto-rickshaws present nearby making it easy to travel back.

Things you need to know:
  • The complex opens at 9 AM‌ and closes at 3 PM.
  • The complex is open every day of the week.
  • There are no entry fees to explore the complex.
  • Lots of small shops are present outside which offers snacks and drinks.
  • There is a small restaurant present at the complex, which offers everything from meals to snacks.
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Museums and Historical Attractions in Port Blair:

Anthropological Museum:
Anthropological Museum Port Blair

The anthropological museum showcases information and memoirs of the six native tribes and their unique way of living in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. From the history of these tribes before the independence to a small glimpse into their lives right now, the museum makes it easy to understand the people who are native to the islands. A great place to visit if you are interested in the unique history of the islands.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs.30/-.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM‌ to 1 PM and 2 PM‌ to 4 PM.
  • Opening Days: Every day.

Samudrika Marine Museum:
Samudrika Marine Museum Port Blair

Samudrika is a marine-focused museum operated and maintained by the Indian Navy which is located close to Haddo. The museum has a total of 5 themes of galleries, showcasing different sides of the Andaman Islands. Everything from history and anthropology to geography and marine life of the islands, the museum is one of the best places to learn about the things that set these islands apart from the rest of the world.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs.50/-.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM‌ to 1 PM and 2 PM‌ to 4 PM.
  • Opening Days: Every day.

Chatham Saw Mill:
Chatham Saw Mill

Chatham Saw Mill was constructed by the British at Port Blair in 1883 and mill was the primary source of timber for Andaman and the British Empire in India. The mill still functions to this day, after all these years. The precision in functioning, best in class technology from that time and a museum around the mill makes it a great destination. The museum at the mill houses a collection of unique wood-based carvings that would amaze you.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs.30/-.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM‌ to 1 PM and 2 PM‌ to 4 PM.
  • Opening Days: Every day.

Fisheries Museum:
Fisheries Museum Port Blair

Fisheries Museum is located near the Water Sports Complex and showcases the marine and biological side of the Andaman Islands. The museum showcases different species of fish and sea dwellers with information about their origin and relocation in and nearby the islands. Although its not that famous among tourists, its worth a visit if you are already exploring the complex and have some free time.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs.30/-.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM‌ to 1 PM and 2 PM‌ to 4 PM.
  • Opening Days: Every day.

Nearby Islands:

Ross Island:
Ross Island in Andaman

Ross Island is one of the major parts of the history of Andamans. Being the former capital of the islands, long before independence, it has a myriad of British administrative buildings and a lot of history associated with it. The island also has a quiet vibe complemented by an animal reserve, making it a perfect place for a half-day trip from Port Blair.

North Bay Island:
North Bay Island

North Bay is a very small island, located close to Port Blair which is famous for water sports and considered as one of the best places for sea-water adventure. The island has almost all the water-sports currently available in the islands, giving you a lot of choices. The best thing about visiting here is that the trip can be completed in half a day, laving the rest of the day free for other ventures that you may have planned.

Jolly Buoy Island:
Jolly Buoy Island

Located in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park near Wandoor, Jolly Buoy is a small island famous for its rich coral surroundings complimented by shallow, crystal-clear waters. Best known for Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat trips, this island is adorned by people who love something out of the ordinary and don’t mind getting past a few hurdles like permits and boats to reach here. Overall a great place to visit if you have the time.

Viper Island:
Viper Island

Viper Island is a secluded island located near Port Blair, which is open for tourists all ear long. The island offers some of the most unique pieces of history associated with the struggle for freedom in the islands with its historic ruins and former jail site. Although not thronged by tourists the island is pretty popular among history enthusiasts. It takes around 3.5 hours to reach there via boat, which costs around Rs.2000/- generally, along with the necessary permits.

Things to do in Port Blair:

Scuba Dive in Mundapahar:

Scuba Diving Andaman

Scuba Diving in Port Blair is a decent experience thanks to the rich coral reefs surrounding the waters of Mundapahar Beach. Scuba is only available near Chidiyatapu, on one specific spot near the Mundapahar Beach, which has to be reached via a boat. Due to the lack of diving centers in Port Blair, most people prefer opting for scuba in North Bay which is a small island near Port Blair and is considered a part of it. North Bay has a pretty decent coral population and a great environment to dive in, making it one of the most popular places to dive in Andaman.

Parasailing at Corbyn's Cove Beach:

Parasailing in Port Blair

Parasailing is one of those activities which is both awe-inspiring and exhilarating.  The sudden jumps on the sea combined with the air-time with an amazing view are something that can’t be quenched by any other water sport. Parasailing is available at the Corbyn’s Cove beach in Port Blair. The tickets can either be booked online or can be found at the Coral Safari’s booth at the center of the beach. Overall a decent experience to have in the capital city.

Sea Kart Ride at Corbyn's Cove:

Sea Kart in Port Blair

Sea Kart is a perfect mixture of fun and exploration combined with a bit of exhilaration. The sea kart is exclusively available at the Corbyn's and takes you on a wonderful journey over the calm yet wild seas from the beach, all the way to the Water Sports Complex, depending on the tide.

The ride takes place for a total of 30 minutes, giving you more than enough time to grasp the deep blue water and horizon with the splash of waves alongside you. Overall, a great experience to have with your friends and family. You can get more details about the activity and pricing here.

Bella Bay Dinner Cruise:

Bella Bay in Port Blair

Bella Bay offers a calm and romantic evening along with great food and a bit of exploration. The cruise leaves from the Chatham Jetty and explores the seas surrounding Port Blair and other nearby islands. With an amazing menu in your hand along with the perfect view of the sunset and live music, Bella Bay is one of those experiences which is highly recommended for couples, especially honeymooners traveling in Port Blair.

Mangrove Boat Ride to Viper Island:

Boat Ride in Port Blair

Offbeat boat rides from Sippighat, located 6 km from the Port Blair Airport, is one of the most unique experiences you can have in Port Blair. The journey starts at Port Blair and takes you via the mangrove forest, passing the surrounding areas, all the way to Viper Island, where you can explore the historical monuments.

The journey takes you between the wide and narrow shorelines of several small islands surrounding Port Blair till you reach Viper. You can also hire boats for Mangrove Forest Ride, which takes you to the center of deep mangrove canopy and back to Sippighat. A complete trip via the mangrove forest to Viper Island takes around 3.5 hours to complete and costs around Rs.2000/-, while a ride to the mangrove forest and back costs Rs.1300/- and takes around 1.5 hours for completion.

Overall a decent experience to add to your day trip plans in Port Blair.

For more information, you can contact the provider directly at (9933286367) (9434280377).

Bird Watching by Budding Trails:

Bird Watching in Port Blair

Andaman is home to a wide variety of endemic and seasonal birds that can be spotted deep inside the tropical forest canopy of the Andaman Islands. Bird Watching tours by Budding Trails stands out among others as they offer it as it is- a raw and engaging experience with fair pricing.

Trips are usually done on the Chidiyatapu forest reserve, which has a dense population of both common and rare bird species, thriving under the protection of Andaman Administration. With the help of experienced bird watchers and helpers, you are sure to quench the thirst of the unknown. Any usual trip includes Pick Up and Drop, Breakfast, Binoculars and Gear, and a team of experienced guides.

For more information, you can contact the Budding Trails office directly at (9867435653).

Banana, Sofa, and Jet Ski Ride at Water Sports Complex:

Jet Skiing in Port Blair

Banana and Sofa rides offer casual fun and adventure, perfect for the whole family. They are only available in Port Blair at the water sports complex and tickets can be bought on spot from the respective booth, inside the complex. Jet Ski rides are also pretty famous at the complex, because of the steady waves and the view of Ross Island from the jetty. Overall a decent experience to have while you are exploring Port Blair.

Candlelit Dinner for Honeymooners:

Candlelit Dinner at Port Blair

Various hotels in Port Blair offer candlelit dinner for their guests along with other added services. Hotels like Sinclairs Bayview and Seashell offer a great view and comfortable seating alongside the sea,  so you can enjoy the evening with your loved ones. To book one, simply place a request at the hotel before you book your room.

4-Point Tour of Port Blair:

Carbyns Cove Parking Andaman

The tour is designed to let you explore Port Blair and the best destinations it has to offer, without breaking your wallet. The tour starts from the Corbyn's Cove beach, from where it continues to the Cellular Jail, shortly the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, and ends at either Chidiyatapu or Wandoor based on your choice. This is the usual tour plan opted by most of the travelers visiting here, as it offers the most exposure in less time. Overall a trip worth having if you like to explore.

Mundapahad Trekking Trail:

Mundapahad in Port Blair

Besides the popular sunset, Chidiyatapu, Munda Pahad Beach to be exact offers a great trekking trail which takes you along a narrow hilly pathway surrounded by the dense tropical forest on both sides that opens into a clear area on top of the cliff that offers one of the most spectacular views of the open sea, seconded by nothing else. A great place to see if you are already visiting Chidiatapu on your trip. Make sure to hire a guide before traveling.

Candid Photography:

Photography in Port Blair

Port Blair has a lot of great spots for photoshoots of any kind. From clear blue waters and white sand to rocky shorelines and cliffs, you can easily find the right spot if you look around for it. You can also hire professional photographers like SnapByte for yourself and your loved ones to capture those moments that pass away too quickly. To learn more, you can contact them at (09933289111).

Souvenir Shopping:

Sagarika Emporium in Port Blair
Sagarika Emporium

Port Blair is the best place to buy souvenirs for your friends and family because it has the most number of handicrafts and souvenir shops scattered throughout the main Bazaar area. From tribal handicrafts made of wood to seashells and large shells of unique designs, everything is available at great prices.

Sagarika Emporium is the best Govt. Run store located at Middle Point, while Sagarekha- a privately owned handicraft store located nearby, is considered the best among all for its diverse collection.

Where to Stay in Port Blair:

Port Blair offers a lot of places to stay for every kind of traveler. Whether you are on a budget or looking for a luxury stay, the island has it all. Here is a list of the best stay options in Port Blair sorted according to the budget:

Cheapest Hotels in Port Blair: (INR 500-1,700)

Lalaji Bay View:
Lalaji Bay View Hotel in Port Blair

This is a budget hotel that offers clean and comfortable rooms for backpackers. Although not the most luxurious, the rooms are well lit and the hotel has a rooftop restaurant and bar for a decent dining experience.

Rooms Start From: INR 800.

The Lagoon Shade:
The Lagoon Shade Hotel in Port Blair

Located near the Airport, this hotel offers a homestay kind of experience for people under a tight budget. The hotel offers the view of the Airport along with decent amenities and clean rooms, good for a stay of 1-2 days.

Rooms Start From: INR 800.

NH Regency:
NH Regency Hotel in Port Blair

Although, not as cheap as the two above, this hotel offers better rooms with better amenities. Combine this with the location and it becomes a top choice for people looking for budget stays in Port Blair. With great staff and fast room service, you can never go wrong with it.

Rooms Start From: INR 1,200.

Island Pride:
Island Pride Hotel in Port Blair

Located near the Airport, this hotel offers great amenities for the price it charges. The rooms are well lit and the beds are comfortable. Overall a decent place to crash for a day or two.

Rooms Start From: INR 1,200.

People who are looking for a better stay experience and don’t mind spending a little extra can opt for Standard Category Hotels.

Standard Budget Hotels: (INR 1,200-3,000)

  • Hotel Infinity
  • Cozy Inn
  • Hotel Seven Seas Dream Castle
  • Hotel Shine View

Premium Mid-Range Hotels: (INR 4,000-7,000)

These hotels are considered mid-range and provide premium stay experience with decent pricing.  These hotels not only provide beautiful rooms that lift the mood but also have attentive service and staff. This makes sure your stay is as comfortable as it gets.

Hotel SR Castle:
Hotel SR Castle

Located near the Airport, SR Castle stands out from the rest with its great ambiance and excellent service. The rooms are spacious and well designed with a comfortable bed that lifts the mood immediately. One of the best things about staying at SR‌ Castle is its food. The in-house “Salt & Sugar” restaurant offers delicacies of all kinds with keen attention to freshness, so you can have a great meal after a long day of exploring the island. Overall a great place to stay for this budget.

Rooms Start From: INR‌ 4,500.

Shompen Hotel:
Shompen Hotel in Port Blair

Located near the well-connected Bazaar Area, the Shompen offers a wonderful stay experience for people who are looking for a room in the city and don’t mind the lack of sea-view. The Shompen hotel has set great standards with its quick-to-respond service and support. The rooms are quite spacey and clean, while the restaurant is open type and offers all major cuisines. Overall a decent place to stay for a few days.

Rooms Start From: INR 5,499.

North Reef Hotel:
North Reef Hotel in Port Blair

North Reef is located near the Airport making it one of the most easily accessible hotels in the list. Known for its impeccable cleanliness and room service, North Reef Hotel comes with a multi-cuisine restaurant and a lounge area fitted with a pool & tennis table so you can unwind with a few drinks. A great stay experience for people who are looking to spend some time in Port Blair.

Rooms Start From: INR‌ 5,999.

Hotel Sea Port:
Hotel Sea Port in Port Blair

Located in Dollygunj, which is very close to the Airport, Hotel Sea Port is a recently opened hotel with spacious rooms and a calming interior ambiance. Along with the standard amenities, the hotel offers a swimming pool and a great hybrid of restaurant and bar which is hard to find in any hotel at this price range. The staff are friendly and the room service is quick enough to make you feel special. Overall a great place to stay in Port Blair, highly recommended at the price range.

Rooms Start From: INR 5,999.

Some other notable Mid-Range Hotels:
  • J Hotel
  • TSG‌ Grand Days
  • Megapode Nest

Luxury Hotels: (INR 8,000-25,000)

Symphony Samudra:
Symphony Samudra Hotel in Port Blair

Located in Chidiyatapu, far from the city, the Symphony Samudra is the best luxury hotel in Port Blair. The hotel is surrounded by greenery that gives off the feeling of total relaxation. The rooms are comfortable & spacey and open up to a wonderful view of the sea. Samudra also offers a lot of stay options within the hotel itself.

From hill-villa, which is located on top of the hill boasting independent cottage-style rooms to the aqua-villa located at the center of a lagoon nearby, there is something for everyone. Combine this with the infinity pool and 2-floor bar and lounge duo, and you have the recipe for a great stay experience in Port Blair. Samudra delivers it better than anyone else.

Rooms Start From: INR‌ 12,000/-

Seashell Hotel:
Seashell Hotel in Port Blair

Seashell is one of the most famous hotels in Andaman when it comes to luxury. The rooms are carefully designed to be as lively and comfortable as they can be, with hordes of amenities to assure a comfortable stay. Based on the type of room you select, you can get extra space and a balcony with sea view. The hotel also has a wonderful multi-cuisine restaurant and a multi-functional rooftop lounge with Seaview, so you can relax in the evening. Needless to say, the room service is top-notch and the staff is friendly. Overall, a treat to stay in for your vacation in Port Blair.

Rooms Start From: INR 9000.

Sinclairs Bayview:
Sinclairs Hotel in Port Blair

Sinclairs Bayview is located near the main bazaar area, close to the Water Sports Complex, and is considered one of the best hotels in Port Blair, thanks to its location near the sea. This luxury hotel offers spacious rooms, with tastefully designed interiors and exclusive amenities for the deluxe rooms. The hotel also has a swimming pool & a spa to relax after a long day of adventure. The food is great and the restaurant is located near the sea, for the perfect view and breeze. Making this hotel one of the best choices for a stay in Port Blair.

Rooms Start From: INR‌ 9500.

Best Hotels for a Staycation in Port Blair:

Wildgrass Resort:
Wildgrass Resort in Port Blair

Located outside the city, near Chidiyatapu, the Wildgrass Resort offers a relaxing and quiet place to stay in Port Blair. The resort is located deep within the area, surrounded by greenery and coconut trees from all sides, making it one of the most peaceful and tranquil places to spend the time with your loved ones.

The resort has cottage style independent rooms along with a restaurant and an open bar area, where you can relax and unwind in the evening. A great place to be if you are planning to stay in Port Blair for a few days.

Rooms Start From: INR 4,500.

Sea Princess:
Sea Princess in Port Blair

Located on the Wandoor Beach, Sea Princess is a beachside resort with a great view of the sea, perfect for a relaxing week. The resort offers cozy rooms with great woodish ambiance, for a carefree stay. The resort also has an open type restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy both the food and the breeze.

One of the best things about staying here is that you are literally at the Wandoor Beach, so you can come out of your room, take a walk anytime, or just enjoy the sunset in the evening.

Room Start‌s From: INR‌ 5,500.

Govt Accommodations in Port Blair:

Port Blair currently has two Govt. run hotels that provide top-notch service and hospitality.

  • Megapode Resort
  • Hornbill Nest

Best Time to Visit Port Blair:

Monsoon in Port Blair
  • Winter Season: (Nov to Feb) (21-27 °C)
    Winter in Andaman is not harsh at all and is the best time to visit Andaman.
    It starts in early November and stays until the end of February. The temperature ranges from 22-30 °C at this time, and the humidity is moderate, making it perfect for traveling. This time is also considered as the peak tourist season in Port Blair, so you might have to deal with some surcharges as you plan your trip.
  • Summer: (March-May) (23-27 °C)
    Summertime in Port Blair is similar to any other tropical island, moderately hot and extra humid. This is considered a great time to visit the islands, as the chances of rain are really low which makes sure all your bookings and transportation will be on time.
  • Monsoon: (May-Sept) (23-27 °C)
    Monsoon starts during mid-May in Port Blair and gets intense near June and July, ending near September. During this time the island experiences heavy winds and rain. Ferries and other transportation gets canceled frequently. It is advised to wait for the end of this season for your journey to Port Blair.


Best Restaurants in Port Blair:

Icy Spicy Restaurant in Port Blair
  • Icy Spicy: (Pure Veg)
    Loved by locals and tourists alike, Icy Spicy is the best pure-veg restaurant in Port Blair which offers Chinese, Indian, and Italian cuisines. With its diverse collection of various dishes and mouth-watering sweets, it is thronged by people every day of the week. Although a bit on the pricey side, the restaurant delivers in both taste and freshness. A great place to eat out with your friends and family.
  • Annapurna: (Pure Veg)
    This hotel is located near the Aberdeen Bazaar and falls right next to Icy Spicy for its veg-food. The hotel is pure-veg and consists of mostly Indian meals and Chinese cuisines made with care, that taste even better than it looks. A recommended place to eat out if you are staying nearby.
  • New Lighthouse Restaurant:
    Located conveniently near Marina Park, Lighthouse Restaurant is famous for its seafood, mainly fish and lobster. The restaurant is open type and thanks to its location, the hotel is hit by the tropical breeze, making your dining even better. Overall a great place to eat, if you don’t mind spending a little extra for the freshness and taste.
  • Anju Coco:
    Anju Coco is another great restaurant located near the Bazaar. With its fine interiors and rich menu, the restaurant stands out among the rest for its great food. The ingredients are fresh and it shows in the taste. Overall a great place to eat out during our Port Blair trip.
  • Food Trucks:
    Various food trucks are now available near Marina Park Road, next to the Water Sports Complex that offers great continental food, with a view of the open sea. With the cool evening breeze hitting your face and delicious food hitting your mouth, you can be sure that the evening is well-spent.

Getting Around in Port Blair:

Getting around on a bike in Port Blair
  • Rental Cabs:
    Rental cabs are available from all major destinations in Port Blair, especially near the airport and jetty. These are the most convenient way to travel on the island, without worrying about anything else. Although most cabs have fixed prices, it is better to book everything in advance or fix the prices before your journey.
  • Bike Rentals:
    Bike rentals are available in Port Blair and is considered by independent travelers as the best way to explore the island. The rent is done by the day and usually costs no more than INR‌ 500 for the day. Make sure to keep a map of Port Blair before starting your journey.
  • Auto Rickshaws:
    Auto Rickshaws are available throughout the day in most parts of Port Blair. The prices vary highly, so make to fix everything before starting your journey.
  • Bus:
    Both Govt. and private buses operate throughout Port Blair to different destinations. Most of the tourist attractions are connected via bus and therefore it can be used as a mode of transportation if you are following your travel on a strict budget.

Distance of Major Attractions from Port Blair:
  • Airport to Carbyns Cove Beach: 4.9 Kms | 12 Min via VIP Road.
  • Airport to Chidiyatapu and Mundapahad: | 22.5 Kms | 45 Mins via Cab.
  • Airport to Wandoor Beach: 20.1 Kms | 33 Mins via Cab.
  • Airport to Cellular Jail: 3.8 Kms | 9 Mins via Cab.
  • Airport to Water Sports Complex: 4.2 Kms | 10 Mins via Cab
  • Airport to Mount Harriet: 45.8 Kms | 1 hour 20 Minutes

How to Reach Port Blair:

Port Blair Airport
Port Blair Airport

Port Blair is about 778 miles (1,255 km) from Kolkata (Calcutta) and some 738 miles (1,191 km) from Chennai (Madras).

Reaching Port Blair means reaching the Andamans and there are 2 ways to reach here.

1. Flight

2. Ship

Flight:‍

Flights are the best way to reach Port Blair and it takes around 2-2.5 hours, in general, to reach here. Almost all the tourists visiting the Islands prefer flight as it is more convenient and hassle-free.

Direct flights are available from Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Delhi so you don’t have to go through the hassle of a layover.

Try contacting your local ticket supplier for booking,

If you are booking a package from us, you will also have the option to let us book the tickets at an affordable price.

Passenger Ship:

Coming here in a ship can be affordable but it takes more than 3-4 days (50-60 Hours) to reach Andaman from Vishakapatnam and Kolkata.

People coming from Kolkata travel a distance of 1255 KMs to reach Port Blair while people coming from Chennai cover 1190 KMs for the same duration of time.

The fare generally ranges from INR‌ 2900-3000 for the Bunk Class, INR 7455-9365 for Cabin 2nd Class and INR‌ 10,000-11,295 for Deluxe 1st Class.

Before booking, one must also consider several factors including, Sea Sickness, Weather, Food, and Clean Cabins.

Overall we don't recommend coming here on a ship because it won't be near as pleasant as a cruise.

To learn more about the ways you can reach Port Blair and learn more about the journey via Ship with full comparison, visit how to reach the Andaman Islands page.

Transfer to Other Islands:

You will be traveling to different islands by a ferry and every ferry in Andaman connects to Port Blair giving you a lot of choices in timings and operators.

Basically there are 2 types of ferries in Andaman:

Govt. Ferry:
Govt. Ferry in Port Blair Harbor

Operated by the A&N Administration, the Govt. ferry is used by locals mostly and is considered the lifeline of the islands. The Govt. ferry operates for all routes that connects Port Blair to other islands in both South and Middle Andaman. The pricing for the Govt. ferry is low (usually half) when compared to the private one, but it is mostly reserved for locals and tourists are deterred from using it.

Another reason why its not famous among travelers is that there is no option for pre-booking online, you will have to visit the counter in person and stand in line 2 days before the departure date to get the ticket.


Private Ferry and Cruises:
ferry in port blair

Private ferries deliver a premium travel experience and are mostly geared towards tourists. Although a bit more expensive than the govt. ones, these cruises travel pretty fast, with the least chance of seasickness, making it quite popular among travelers who want to avoid any hassles. The tickets for these can be bought either from the respective ferry operator or can be booked through partners like Eternal Andamans.

We highly recommend you to book the ferries in advance according to your plans as the tickets sell out pretty fast, and there is no other way to reach remote islands besides them. Over the years we have received countless calls regarding last-minute ferry bookings, but we can only help so much.

Port Blair to Neil Island:
Port Blair to Neil Island Map

Port Blair and Neil are not connected via road and therefore the only way to reach there is through a govt ferry or private cruise. Below are the schedule and other necessary information for the ferries operating through this route.

Port Blair to Havelock Island:

Havelock is an independent island and therefore it is not connected to Port Blair physically via any road. The only way to commute back and forth is via ferry and cruise operating through the route daily. Below is the information about the schedule and pricing, so you can compare and see what fits well with your travel plans.

 

Port Blair to Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder, and Diglipur:
Vehicle Ferry to go from Baratang from Port Blair

Port Blair is well connected via road to most of the tourist destinations which are a part of the North Andaman Islands and therefore its fairly easy to commute back and forth between them. Its easy to travel via vehicle ferry and then take a cab to reach the destination. Read more below.

How to go to Baratang from Port Blair?
You will have to take either a bus from the Bus Terminus from Port Blair or a cab to reach Baratang. Mid-way the bus will be taken to vehicle ferry for covering the distance faster.

How to reach Mayabunder from Port Blair?
You can reach Mayabunder by a direct bus from the Bus Terminus and takes 8-9 hours to reach there. You can also opt to take a ferry to Diglipur and take a bus from there to reach there early. It takes 5-6 hours to reach by taking this route.

How to reach Diglipur from Port Blair?
You can reach Diglipur by taking a bus from the bus terminus in Aberdeen Bazaar and takes around 10-12 hours to reach there. You can also opt for cab that takes 8 hours to reach there. Ferries are also available from Phoenix Bay Jetty for which tickets can be booked from DSS 2 days before the departure. It takes 4-5 hours to reach via a ferry.

How to Reach Nearby Islands:

How to reach Jolly Buoy island from Port Blair?
To reach Jolly Buoy you will take to take the boat tickets and forest permit from the IP&T office and reach Wandoor Beach via a cab to get on the boat that leaves from Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.

How to go to North Bay island from Port Blair?

You can reach North Bay from Port Blair by taking a cab to Water Sports Complex and then taking a boat from Complex to North Bay Island. Regular boats are available to hire nearby, giving you a lot of options.

How to reach Havelock Island from Port Blair?

Since Havelock Island and Port Blair are separated by sea without any connecting bridges, you will have to take either a govt. ferry or private ferry/cruise to reach Havelock. Its better to book ferry online atleast 15 days before you depart from Port Blair as the tickets sell out pretty fast.

How to reach Nicobar Islands from Port Blair?
Tourists are barred from visiting the Nicobar Islands and can only visit and explore the islands in Andaman.

How to reach Ross and Smith Island from Port Blair?
To reach Ross and Smith island you will have to take a cab from Port Blair to Diglipur and then get on a boat there to reach the Ross and Smith Island.

General Information:

  • LANGUAGE:
    Within the mix of many cultures and languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali is the most common language in Port Blair. Most, if not all people, speak Hindi so you can easily travel around here. Most people understand or speak English too.
  • CURRENCY:
    Just like the rest of the islands, Port Blair uses the Indian Rupee (INR) as the currency. There are a lot of ATM’s and branches of all major banks are available here. For currency exchange, you can visit any branch of SBI with your passport and fill up the exchange form.
  • INTERNET‌ AND‌‌ CONNECTIVITY:
    The Internet is slow in Port Blair, similar to other islands. There are a lot of internet cafes and shops on the island that provide a slow yet usable connection to its customers.‌ Make sure to visit one of them, if you are looking for some connectivity urgently. As for the cellular connection, BSNL, Airtel, and Vodafone networks are available, BSNL being the most reliable among the three.
  • HOSPITALS AND‌ SAFETY:
    Port Blair has the largest hospital in the Andaman Island, the G.B Pant Hospital, which is a Govt. hospital that provides free healthcare. For public safety, police are always present near all major tourist destinations on the island. You can reach the emergency services at the following numbers:

Important Contact Information:

  • Police: 100 (24x7, Toll-Free)
  • Fire: 101 (24x7, Toll-Free)
  • Tourist Information: 03192-232694

FAQ's:

Do we need passport for Port Blair?

If you are a citizen of India, no passport is required to travel in Andaman Islands although all adults must carry the Aadhar Card. If you are a foreign national, you will require passport and and area permit to visit the islands.

How many days required to visit Port Blair?

If you are looking to visit all the major attractions like Chidiyatapu, Wandoor Beach, Carbyns Cove Beach and Cellular Jail it will take 2 days to explore them all. If you are looking to visit the nearby islands like Ross Island, North Bay, and Jolly Buoy along with the other major attractions you can explore them all in under 3 days.

How to get government ferry ticket in Port Blair?

To get the govt. ferry ticket, you can visit the DSS (Directorate of Shipping Services) office in Phoenix Bay to get the tickets. The tickets are on sale 2 days prior to departure. You can get more information on this by enquiring at DSS Information Centre at the address: Foreshore Rd, Phoenix Bay, Port Blair.

What to wear in Port Blair?

Since Port Blair is tropical with high humudity and average temperature, you can opt to wear light cotton clothes and shorts. A hat and sunscreen is also recommended because tanning capacity is high here.

Is Port Blair a major Port?

Yes Port Blair is major port in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The port harbors both passenger ships and cargo ships and is responsible for all goods traveling to Andaman Islands.

How to get ferry and cruise ticket in Port Blair?

You can get private ferry and cruise tickets in Port Blair by either booking it online or by visiting the office. You can book them online or get the address of the respective office of the cruise operator here.

Where is Port Blair?

Port Blair is located at the Bay of Bengal, on the right side of India, 1191 kms from Chennai and 1225 kms from Kolkata.

How to book CPWD guest house and Teal House in Port Blair?

You can book CPWD guest house and Teal House by contacting your department head and place a request with the Andaman Administration.

How to reach Port Blair from Delhi?

You can reach Port Blair from Delhi by taking a flight. All flights to Port Blair are connecting and you will have to make an overlay stop in Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Vishakapatnam. In general it takes around 4-5 hours to reach here.

How far is Havelock Island from Port Blair?

Havelock Island is located 70.6 kms from the Port Blair Airport and 51 Kms from the Phoenix Bay Jetty.

How to reach Radhanagar beach from Port Blair?

Radhanagar Beach is located in Havelock Island, which has to be reached by taking a ferry from Port Blair. Once you are there you can get a cab or auto-rickshaw to the Radhanagar Beach.

How far is Neil Island from Port Blair?

Neil Island is located 39.8 kms approx from Port Blair and it takes 2 hours to reach there via a ferry and 1 hour via a cruise.

Tours to Andaman Islands at the Lowest Price
As one of the largest local tour operators in Andaman, Eternal Andamans offers tours at the lowest rates in the islands.